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The winners of 2nd International Web Concert Hall Competition

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One of the outstanding pianists of his generation, Albert Tiu has an eclectic repertoire ranging from Sweelinck to Stockhausen and from Bach to Bolcom. He was won several awards, among them the First Prize in the UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa; the Second Prize in the Esther Honens Calgary International Piano Competition; and the Juilliard William Petschek Award, which resulted in a New York debut recital in Alice Tully Hall.

Highlights of his performing career include appearances as soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Hamburg Symphony, Northern Sinfonia (England), Calgary Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Cape Town Philharmonic, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Philippine Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony and the Juilliard Symphony, appearing in venues such as the Great Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Hamburg Musikhalle; the Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria in Santander, Spain; Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore; Jack Singer Hall in Calgary; Orchestra Hall in Detroit; and Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall in New York.

In past summers, Mr. Tiu has appeared in the Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg; the Santander International Festival; the Harare International Festival in Zimbabwe; the Fredericksburg Festival in Virginia; the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario; the New York Museum of Modern Art Summergarden Series; and the FOCUS! Festival of Contemporary Music at Juilliard. As an active chamber musician, Mr. Tiu has collaborated with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Ysaye Quartet, the Muir String Quartet, clarinetist Charles Neidich, flautist Carol Wincenc and tenor Robert White.

Born in Cebu, Philippines, Mr. Tiu graduated from the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Jerome Lowenthal. His previous studies were with Michael Lewin at the Boston Conservatory; at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and at the University of the Philippines.

Mr. Tiu's discography includes two solo CDs; "Variations" which was released by Arktos Recordings in Canada, and the other entitled "Salamisim" (Reminiscence), a collection of short and popular pieces released by Bookmark Audio in the Philippines.  Mr. Tiu is now based in Singapore, where he is currently Assistant Professor in the Singapore Conservatory of Music.  In his spare time, he enjoys assembling gigantic jigsaw puzzles and spending time with his wife Susan and son Alexander. To contact: cobico92@yahoo.com

 


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Petronel Malan is not a newcomer to the concert stage, having performed solo recitals since the age of seven. A riveting figure on stage, reviewers have described Miss Malan as breathtaking, extraordinary and brilliant! They speak of her power, technical mastery, delicacy and poetry. In 2000, four gold medals were awarded to Miss Malan from the Louise McMahon International, Missouri Southern International, Los Angeles Liszt
Competition "Budapest Concert" and the Hilton Head International music competitions. She was also a grand prize win in the "2000 Web Concert Hall Auditions" and silver medallist in the In 1999 New Orleans International Piano Competition. Other awards include gold medals in the 1998 Young Texas Artists Competition, the 1996 Tuesday Musical Club Young Artist Competition (San Antonio), the 1994 Grace Welsh Prize for Piano (Chicago) and silver medal, (no gold awarded) in the 1996 Bellini International Piano Competition. In 1990 she captured the SABC Music Prize (South Africa's most prestigious) and before her departure from South Africa in 1991, Miss Malan won every competition she was eligible to enter. After Miss Malan's European debut in Rome in 1987, she continued to perform in cultural centers such as Paris, London, Salzburg, Los Angeles, New York, Beverly Hills and Chicago. She has also appeared at the highly respected Gilmore and Ravinia festivals. Her concerts have been broadcast in the United States (including on NPR), Canada, Europe and in South Africa. Miss Malan has performed with all the major orchestras in South Africa, as well as orchestras in Italy and various cities in the North and South America. Recent and upcoming highlights include performances at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in New York, the Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, Loyola University's "Montage Concert Series," and the Tuesday Musical Club of San Antonio. Orchestral appearances include the Lawton, Hilton Head and Fort Collins Symphony Orchestras and appearances in Canada, Hungary, Colombia, Czech Republic, Great Britain and France. A 2001 South African tour will launch her first CD of a series to be released under "BMG Records Africa". Born in Pretoria, South Africa, Miss Malan began piano lessons at age four with her mother, an opera singer. Recognized as a prodigy, Miss Malan debuted with the Johannesburg Symphony at the age of ten playing Kabalevsky's Youth Concerto. She won her first national gold medal at age twelve and the first international gold at age fourteen in the Third International Piano Competition in Marsala, Sicily. After an early education with Dr. Adolph Hallis, she continued her studies under Cliburn gold-medallists Steven de Groote and Ralph Votapek. Presently based in the United States, Malan completed her undergraduate work at Michigan State University and her graduate degrees at the University of North Texas, studying with Joseph Banowetz.


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Alexei Romanenko, Russian by birth, began to study cello at the age of six. Mr. Romanenko has won first prize in Gnesina Cell competition in Moscow, the first prize in Classical Heritage International Competition, and the first prize in 8th Vienna Internation Competition. Alexei Romanenko began to study cello at the age of six. He has won the 1st prize on the Far-Eastern Competition for strings when he was 12 years old. He attended Moscow Conservatory since 1989 and has performed more than 200 concerts in Europe in the past seven years. He won 1st prize on Gnesina Cello Competition in Moscow and 1st prize in 8th Vienna International Competition and a recipient of the 1999 Presser Music Award. He premiered a sonata for cello solo by Nickolay Shabalin dedicated to Romanenko in the International Festival by memory of Shostakovich. In 1998, he leaves Moscow Conservatory and Russia to finish his studies at a New England Conservatory of music in the Artist Diploma Program.


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Honorary Mention - Dr. Chin Kim has won top prizes in several of the most prestigious international violin competitions including the Concours International de Musique de Montreal, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Paganini Competition, and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Mr. Kim's recent concerts include the performance of Bernstein's Serenade with the Atlanta Symphony, Barber Concerto with Wayne Chamber Orchestra, and the Glazunov Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic. Acclaimed for his deep musicality and virtuosity, Dr. Chin Kim, one of the most versatile, and sought-after young violinists today, has been concertizing extensively throughout North America, Asia and Europe as guest artist with orchestras as those of Philadelphia, St. Louis, Montr?l, and Atlanta with conductors like Leonard Slatkin, John Nelson, Myung Whun Chung, and Sixten Ehrling. As recitalist, Mr. Kim appeared in major halls of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Montr?l, Toronto, Brussels, and Seoul.

Top prizewinner in several of the most prestigious international violin competitions including the Concours International de Musique de Montr?l, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Paganini Competition, and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Mr. Kim's recent concerts include the performance of Bernstein's Serenade with the Atlanta Symphony, Barber Concerto with Wayne Chamber Orchestra, and the Glazunov Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic.

Dr. Kim's debut recording of Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 in g minor with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Russia), under the baton of Paul Freeman, and the Prokofiev Sonata No. 2 in D Major with pianist David Oei, was released on the ProArte/Fanfare label. His second CD consisting of the Mendelssohn c minor, and the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio with the "Starr-Kim-Boeckheler Piano Trio" was released on the Mastersound label, and his most recent CD, the Glazunov and Tchaikovsky Concertos was recorded and released by Intersound/Fanfare label in the fall of 1995, following the performances of the Concertos with the Moscow Philharmonic in the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, all to high critical acclaim.

"Virtuoso," "musically assertive," "rich, golden tone" and "perceptive" are words of critical acclaim describing Mr. Kim's performance of the Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 and Prokofiev Sonata No. 2 compact disc, "Kim's deep, into-the-strings tone reminded me of a very favorite recording, the old David Oistrakh Soviet monaural recording," "more than enough technique to master these piece..." are words describing the Tchaikovsky, and the Glazunov Concertos recording.

Dr. Kim is the recipient of the Nan-Pa Prize awarded by the Nan-Pa Foundation in Korea, which is one of the highest honors given to a Korean-born musician. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and, subsequently from the Juilliard School where he received the Petschek Award, and won the Concerto Competition which led to the performance of the Glazunov Concerto with the Juilliard Philharmonia in Lincoln Center. With his busy performing schedule, he also teaches at the Mannes College of Music in New York. His major teachers include Dorothy DeLay, Ivan Galamian, and Josef Gingold.


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Honorary Mention - Ms. Vokalkova finished her studies at the Prague Conservatoire in the class of professor Frantisek Malotin. She has won first prize at Czech conservatoire competition, first prize at Concertino Praga International Competition, and third prize at Pacem in terris - international competition in Germany. Ms. Vokalkova was the first flautist of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK for several years. In 1992, Sofie Vokalkova finished her studies at the Prague Conservatoire in the class of professor Frantisek Malotin. She prolonged her studies in France taking lessons from professor Christian Larde and also finished master class of James Galway.